CNS Trains Visiting Fellows from Burkina Faso and India

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May 22, 2017
Margarita Kalinina-Pohl

This spring semester, CNS hosted two visiting fellows from Africa and South Asia. They included Mr. Regis Bakyono, First Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Burkina Faso in Vienna, Austria, and Ms. Urvashi Rathore, a rising nuclear security expert from India. Urvashi’s training at CNS was funded through the Robin Copeland Memorial Fellowship that aims to empower female scientists and engineers from emerging countries.

CNS Spring 2017 Visiting Fellows Ms. Urvashi Rathore and Mr. Regis Bakyono.

CNS Spring 2017 Visiting Fellows Ms. Urvashi Rathore and Mr. Regis Bakyono.

Fellows participated in an intensive, semester-long nonproliferation training program that combined a lecture series specifically tailored for the CNS Visiting Fellows Program with select courses at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey (MIIS).

In addition to lectures and classes, Regis and Urvashi worked on individual research projects under the mentorship and guidance from the CNS senior experts and MIIS professors. At the end of the program, all fellows presented their research findings and received certificates of completion.


Regis Bakyono: “Challenges and Issues in Implementing the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 in Africa.”

Urvashi Rathore: “Assessment of Techniques for Tracing Orphan Radioisotopes in India: A Footstep towards Radiological Security.”

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